Word came through today that the previously announced crossover film universe that includes G.I. Joe, Micronauts, Visionaries, M.A.S.K. and ROM is moving forward, and Hasbro and Paramount are pulling together an impressive stable of writers to kickstart the project and begin crafting its stories.
Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) is leading the charge as overseer of the writing room. Joining him is Pulitzer Prize-winning Michael Chabon, who wrote the novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Nicole Perlman was involved in writing duties for the insanely popular Guardians of the Galaxy, and is also one of the writers on the planned Captain Marvel film. Brian K. Vaughan is also joining in the fun, known for his work on TV shows like Lost and Under the Dome, as well as comic series like Saga and Y: The Last Man. Joe Robert Cole is writing the screenplay for Marvel’s forthcoming Black Panther film, and Cheo Coker is the showrunner for Marvel’s upcoming Luke Cage. Other talents include Lindsey Beer (Wizard of Oz, Kingkiller Chronicles), Jeff Pinkner (Lost, The Dark Tower), Nicole Riegel (Soldier Girls), and Geneva Robertson (Atlantis, Tomb Raider).
Hasbro and Paramount are also bringing in a team of artists and designers to help visualize this new universe as the writing team gets to work.
The previous partnership of Paramount and Hasbro on Transformers and G.I. Joe films have been huge moneymakers, but have rarely been noted for the quality of the related screenwriting and storytelling. Here’s hoping this strong team of writers can begin crafting a linked universe that is both popular and involves fun characters and stories.